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Ruf continues to turn on power for Tiburones

Phillies prospect slugs fourth homer in eight games, gives team first win of season
Venezuelan Winter League

La Guaira 3, Aragua 1
Phillies' No. 20 prospect Darin Ruf hit his league-leading fourth home run in eight games to give the Tiburones their first win of the season. The first baseman's two-run blast broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the eighth. Les Walrond didn't factor into the decision after allowing one run on six hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Catcher Guillermo Rodriguez gave the Tigres their only run with a solo homer in the third. Box score

Zulia 2, Lara 1
Rays farmhand Alexander Torres struck out seven and surrendered a run on three hits in six strong innings for the Aguilas. The southpaw improved to 1-1 on the season with a 0.81 ERA in three starts spanning 12 2/3 innings. No. 15 Yankees prospect Jose Pirela finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Luis Jimenez's solo longball in the first inning was the Cardinals' only tally. Box score

Anzoategui 11, Margarita 10
Dodgers prospect Luis Nunez tripled twice and had three RBIs -- all in an eight-run fourth -- to help the Caribes hold on for the win over the Bravos. Jackson Melian hit a three-run shot in the bottom of the ninth to bring Margarita within one. Frank Diaz went 4-for-5 with a homer, two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored in the losing effort. Box score

Caracas at Magallanes, postponed

Dominican Winter League

Cibao 12, Oriente 5
In a game that featured 32 different position players between the two sides, Blue Jays outfielder Moises Sierra homered, doubled, drove in three and scored three times for the Gigantes. Brewers shortstop Jean Segura's bases-clearing triple highlighted a six-run second for the squad, who led after six frames, 12-1. Marlins' No. 5 prospect Marcell Ozuna hit a solo shot to give him a league-high four longballs. Cubs prospect Junior Lake went deep for the second time for the Estrellas. Box score

Licey 3, Cibaenas 2
Pirates right-hander Daniel McCutchen gave up one run on six hits in four innings in his Dominican debut to lead a stingy Tigres staff of eight pitchers in the team's narrow win. Jordany Valdespin (Mets) opened the scoring with a solo homer in the second for Licey. Tim Fedroff (Indians) and Chris Coghlan (Marlins) drove in each of the Aguilas' runs on the night. Box score

Escogido 3, Este 1
Former Major Leaguer Daniel Cabrera tossed five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks, for the Leones. The squad's entire offense came from Giants prospect Roger Kieschnick, who had an RBI groundout in the first and hit a two-run homer in the third. Red Sox catcher Dan Butler drove in the Toros' only run in the eighth, driving in Wilkin Ramirez (Twins) on a groundout. Box score

Mexican Pacific League

Mexicali 4, Matazlan 3
Issmael Salas tied the game with a two-run homer in the fifth inning and Ricky Alvarez lifted the game-winning solo blast two frames later for the Aguilas. Ivan Terrazas led the Venados, going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Gameday box score

Navojoa 5, Los Mochis 4
Steve Moss launched a grand slam in his only official at-bat of the night to give the Mayos their first win of the eight-game season. The left fielder walked in his three remaining plate appearances and also stole a base. Jason Botts went deep and drove in three, but the Caneros dropped to an even 4-4. Gameday box score

Hermosillo 2, Obregon 0
Five Naranjero pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout, led by Pablo Menchaca, who surrendered just one hit in his four frames on the hill. Garrett Mock, who spent the 2012 season in the Red Sox and Astros systems, took the win after tossing three hitless innings in relief. Former big leaguer Karim Garcia hit a two-run homer to power the team's offense. Gameday box score

Culiacan 5, Guasave 1
Former Yankees farmhand Amauri Sanit surrendered one run on three hits over six innings for his second win with the Tomateros. The 5-foot-8 right-hander has allowed just one earned run and four hits in 10 innings thus far. Mario Valdez slugged a solo homer and added another RBI in the win. Gameday box score